Decolonial Feminism in the Age of Racial Neoliberal Capitalism


Thursday, February 27, 2020


5:00 pm


Rockefeller Hall 300-Auditorium

Françoise Vergès, a foremost feminist decolonial thinker hailing from La Réunion/France. Françoise Vergès will give a lecture entitled "Decolonial Feminism in the Age of Racial Neoliberal Capitalism" .

Françoise Vergès is the author of ten books on topics ranging from postcolonial theory, creolization, psychoanalysis, slavery and the economy of predation, memory, to Aimé Césaire and Frantz Fanon. Born in Paris, France, she grew up in La Réunion and Algeria. From 1975 to 1983, she worked for the feminist publication Des Femmes en mouvement and served as editor for the publishing house Des femmes. She then moved to the US where she received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Berkeley in 1995. A feminist and anti-racist activist, she has taught at Sussex University and Goldsmiths College and now serves as Chair of the department of Postcolonial Studies at the Collège d’Etudes Mondiales in Paris. In 2008, Françoise Vergès replaced the Guadeloupean writer, Maryse Condé, as the president of the National Committee for the memory and history of slavery. She is a founding member of the Decolonizing the Arts collective. Her publications include Monsters and revolutionaries. Colonial family romance and "métissage" (1999), Abolir l'esclavage. Une utopie coloniale, les ambiguïtés d'une politique humanitaire (2001, the Abolishment of Slavery: A Colonial Utopia, The Ambiguities of A Humanitarian Politics), L’Homme prédateur, ce que nous enseigne l'esclavage sur notre temps (2011, Predatory Man: What Slavery Teaches Us On Our Times). Her latest book is entitled Un Féminisme decolonial (2019, A Decolonial Feminism).

Sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, French and Francophone Studies, Political Science Department & Dean of the Faculty office

Primavera Ward

Africana Studies Program